Kelly’s view of psychological disorder will be reviewed and extended. Examples will be provided of the formulation of particular clinical problems in personal construct terms, the derivation of personal construct psychotherapeutic interventions from these formulations, and the empirical evaluation of such formulations and interventions.
The processes that characterise successful therapy will be discussed, as will those that are associated with resistance and with negative effects of therapy.
With particular reference to the repertory grid, examples will be provided of how therapy may be facilitated by the use of personal construct assessment techniques. The use of the grid as a psychotherapy research measure will also be reviewed.
Approaches to personal construct group therapy will be reviewed and illustrated.
The similarities and contrasts between personal construct and cognitive therapies will be considered, and relevant research evidence will be presented.
The notion of empirical validation of psychotherapy will be considered, and the evidence base for personal construct psychotherapy will be reviewed.
Research findings will be presented on the relationship between clients’ and therapists’ personal styles and their preferences and responses for different models of psychological therapy.
The limits to the credulous approach will be explored and illustrated.